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  • Carlos Correa and Trevor Story set records that will blow your mind

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago

    Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.

    At 21 years old, Carlos Correa has already accomplished more than most other professional baseball players. For starters, he was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012. In 2015, he won an American League Rookie of the Year award and also played in the postseason.

    That’s all quite impressive, but would you also believe he’s already the Houston Astros all-time home run leader among shortstops?

    It’s true!

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    In Saturday’s 7-2 win against the Angels, Correa connected for his 15th home run of the season and his 36th as a major leaguer, which moved him atop the Astros list.

    Carlos Correa has hit 36 HR as a shortstop, the most in club history.

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    Sun, Jul 24
    2:10 PM EDT
    LA Angels at Houston
    Preview Game
  • Chris Bassitt's dog goes surfing during Bark at the Park event

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago

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    We interrupt your regularly scheduled baseball reading to bring you images of very good dogs doing some very good surfing.

    On Friday, the Oakland A’s hosted Bark at the Park Night at the Coliseum. That meant fans could bring their precious canines to the ballpark to watch some baseball and chow down, perhaps on some hot dogs.

    The A’s though, they don’t do things halfway. If it’s Bark at the Park Night, they’re going to make sure the new four-legged customers get their money’s worth. In this case, that meant installing a tank full of water in the parking lot where some dog surfing commenced.

    .@C_Bass419 and his dog Ansley ride a wave to Bark at the Park night. ???????? pic.twitter.com/MxTX3QQTMW

    — Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 23, 2016

    Yes, even the player’s dogs got involved. That’s Chris Bassitt’s dog Ansley in the video above.

    Here are a couple other cool customers riding some waves.

    And here are a few more who were just happy to hang out in the sun.

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  • Mike Piazza reflects on memorable post-9/11 home run

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago

    We’re all looking forward to the many great stories Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will share during Sunday’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Cooperstown. Before we get there though, the two soon-to-be Hall of Famers addressed the media on Saturday during the annual press conference.

    While they may not have revealed the talking points for their anticipated speeches, they did give us a taste of the emotion we should expect to see and feel once they hit the stage. That was especially true of Mike Piazza, who has already gone on record saying he expects to cry during his speech.

    His emotions nearly started flowing one day early as he spent a moment reflecting on his memorable home run hit 10 days after terrorist attacks rocked New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania on Sept 11. 2001.

    Mike Piazza talking about his 9/21/01 home run… pic.twitter.com/oXPwSuDOaQ

    — Breanna N Morello (@BreannaMorello) July 23, 2016

    Piazza also added:

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  • Danny Duffy draws inspiration from boy who died of cancer

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago

    As baseball observers, we often speculate what goes through the mind of a player in the midst of a brilliant performance.

    After pitching 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Royals’ 3-1 win against the Rangers on Friday night, Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy didn’t hesitate to clue us in.

    According to Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star, Duffy’s focus and motivation was a young fan named Liam Charles Shipley, whom he’d met months earlier at a charity calendar shoot. Recently, Duffy learned that Shipley had died at only 8 years old following a battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

    After the game, Duffy made it clear he was determined to honor Liam’s fight and his legacy with a memorable performance, which he most certainly delivered.

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